I’ve attended this festival a number of times and it always makes my list of best mountain destination beer festivals. Find out why in today’s Featured Festival post.
Location, Location, Location
First, let’s talk about the location of Fall Back Beer Fest. Estes Park is a short drive from Denver, but oh so far away. When is the last time you saw an elk cross Larimer Street?
On our last Fall Back Festival weekend in Estes Park, a herd of elk walked through the yard at Rustic Acres where we were staying. That’s not something you see every day. The elk are out in droves in Estes Park in the fall (please give them room to roam).
While Estes Park can be a bit crowded in the summer, the crowds taper off in November, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway that’s close to home for a lot of us.
Education, Education Education
I’m always preaching (often from the pulpit at a conference) that festivals need to work to set themselves apart, especially beer festivals because there are a lot of them.
From the beginning, Fall Back Beer Fest organizers realized that they needed a component that would make them different and that’s why there are always fun educational experiences at this beer festival.
In addition to presentations and workshops (and yoga this year), Fall Back Beer Fest is the official site for the American Homebrewers Association’s National Learn to Homebrew Day. Each year, sanctioned clubs set up demos at Fall Back Beer Fest and chat with festival attendees about the process of homebrewing.
Beer, Beer, Beer
Of course, the most important aspect of any beer festival is the beer. Fall Back Beer Festival excels here in part because many of the brewers attend and pour at this event.
With so many beer festivals through Colorado during the year, it’s getting harder and harder to find beer festivals where the brewers are actually present, but many of them come to Fall Back Beer Fest. They too like being in Estes Park for a weekend.
For a list of breweries at Fall Back Beer Fest go here.
Music, Music, Music
Music isn’t always a big deal at beer festivals, but at Fall Back Beer Fest it is and that’s because each year the festival invites the winners of the 2017 Rockygrass Band Competition to play at their Rocky Mountain festival.
This year, Fall Back Beer Fest will feature Meadow Mountain, the winners of 2017 Rockygrass and the 2017 UllrGrass band competition and third place finalists in this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.
Please note that Hwy 34 from Loveland to Estes Park is closed due to construction until Memorial Day 2018. If you are driving from Northern Colorado or Wyoming to FBBF, take the route through Lyons via HWY 66.
Fall Back Beer Festival
Estes Park, Colorado | Estes Park Events Complex (map here)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
GA $35 | VIP $55 | DD $15 | Beer Yoga $15
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This event caught my eye because bluegrass music is always a good time and at $10, ticket prices are just right.
This weekend Laporte, Colorado will be alive with the sound of the fiddle, banjo and guitar. It’s the First Annual Northern Colorado Bluegrass Festival to be held on Sunday, September 5 at Bar Double-S.
Laporte is just six miles northwest of Fort Collins on Old US-287. Bar Double-S is located at 3311 County Road 54G, and will host the event starting at 12 p.m. Underage festival attendees are allowed at this event but will receive wristbands.
Northern Colorado Bluegrass Music Festival was organized by BuckVillian Productions. The band, The BuckVillians, recently received first place at Loveland’s Got Talent at Corn Roast Festival in August.
On their Web site, the BuckVillians write the NCBMF is, “an exciting day for both us and for local Bluegrass music.” Local bands performing include The Hartmans, Lonesome Traveler, Mountain Holler and The BuckVillians.
The goal of the event is to entertain and to bring attention to the amazing bluegrass music right here in Northern Colorado. You can purchase your tickets in advance at www.nocobluegrass.eventbrite.com for only $10, or at the gate on the day of the show for $12.
No matter your musical tastes, Colorado has got you covered this weekend; from bluegrass to jazz, from country to reggae, there’s a little something for everyone. First up, the 38th Annual Rocky Grass in Lyons, July 23-25, 2010.
This festival is held at Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 W. Main, along the banks of the St. Vrain River, and features top-notch bluegrass acts. Doc Watson, Patty Loveless, and Tony Rice, along with dozens of other acts will hit the stage in this three-day festival.
Along with the music, Rocky Grass features workshops in the Wildflower Pavilion, as well as contests. Grownups spend their weekend listening to music and drinking beer, while the kiddos cool off in the river. Rocky Grass is touted as a festival for the entire family and camping is encouraged. For camping information and tickets, visit www.bluegrass.com/rockygrass.
Want to beat the summertime heat? Head to the mountains for the Winter Park Jazz Festival this Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, 2010. This is the 28th year for this famed Colorado festival that brings in regional and national recognized jazz acts.
In addition to such as musical acts as Chaka Khan, Hazel Miller, Craig Chaquico, Boney James and more, Winter Park will be filled to the brim with other festivities. There are merchandise and food vendors, beer garden and lots of fun for the whole family. Go to www.playwinterpark.com for all the details and tickets.
Also located in the mountains is the Collegiate Peaks Music Festival (July 23-24, 2010). This is the 5th annual year for this growing music festival in scenic Buena Vista, Colorado. Headlining this year’s event is the funk band Fort Knox Five from Washington, D.C.
In the shadow of the Collegiate Peaks, at McPhelemy Park, the entire town gets out for this event featuring funk and reggae, dancing, vendors and more. At only $10 for the two-day festival you can afford to bring the kids and the dog. Learn more at www.collegiatepeaksmusicfestival.com or find them on Facebook and get ready to party Buena Vista style.
If country music is more your thing, than don’t fear, Cheyenne Frontier Days starts Friday. Held annually since 1897, this event claims to be one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. Featuring a world-class rodeo and outstanding country music artists, if you have a hankering to dust off your cowboy hat, Cheyenne Frontier Days starts Friday (July 23) and last until August 1, 2010.
This year’s musical acts features country music legends Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and so many more. Although country is king at Frontier Days, this year’s event is being kicked off with an opening day appearance by the legendary rock-n-roll band KISS. For more information about Cheyenne Frontier Days visit www.cfdrodeo.com.
*Article also appearing in the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor.
I recently discovered Mandolin Cafe at 210 East 4th Street in Loveland, Colorado. This relatively new addition to downtown, is a funky coffee shop with a musical soul.
Last Thursday evening, Stoll Vaughan, a singer/songwriter and stellar guitarist played a free show at Mandolin Cafe. Vaughan had approached owner Alex Zoll about playing at the coffee shop after Vaughan opened for The Elders at The Rialto Theater in Loveland, back in January.
Vaughan, equipped with a mic, speaker, harmonica and a couple guitars, played songs off his “Love Like a Mule” and “The Weatherman” CDs, as well as a few other tunes. He also spent time chatting with the audience.
Mandolin Cafe is a great venue for true music lovers because it’s an intimate setting – the audience really feels the music and the musician is able to interact with the audience.
The cafe also has a wide variety of coffee, smoothies and shakes, as well as breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and even a kids menu. Our table ordered the Chicken Pesto Panini ($5.99) and Italian Panini ($5.99). Both were delicious.
We will definitely be back to Mandolin Cafe – for the music and the food.
See Mandolin Cafe’s entire musical line up at www.mandolincafeloveland.com or find them on Facebook.
Listen to Stoll Vaughan at www.StollVaughan.com.
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I am writing an article about this band for the newspaper. During our interview today I discovered their CD release party is this weekend, so I decided to give them a plug here on HeidiTown.
Mad Brad & his Trailer Trash Troubadours is a country/bluegrass band with what guitarist, lead vocalist and writer Brad Handley calls an “eclectic” sound. The CD is called “Everything u no iz Rong.” My favorite songs on the CD are, “If you see Kay,” and “The Ballad of Super Bowl Sunday.”
Combining good tunes with humorous and sometimes “trashy” lyrics, the band is a toe tapping good time.
The release party will be held this Sunday, September 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bas Bleu Theater Company, 401 Pine Street in Fort Collins. The cover is $5, and the party’s theme is “trailer park trash,” so feel free to wear your best pair of cut off jeans paired with your dirtiest wife-beater tank top.
This is Brad Handley’s first CD.